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  • steve carter is an associate teaching pastor who now oversees the rockharbor fullerton campus. he works with a great team of staff and volunteers who are committed to helping this young community become an actual family. steve lives with his wife sarah, their son emerson and their dog fenway in fullerton, california.

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May 11, 2008


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Very interesting, I'll have to look at this more.

BTW - we did our first baptism service at Highland Meadows and had 70 people get baptized for the first time. It was an amazing moment to be a part of. I look forward to hearing your message.

Ryan Feyer

I think that's a pretty interesting pattern with the Exodus story and the life of Jesus. I agree with you on Matthew's intention as well.

Another thing I've found interesting is that in scripture it seems like there's always this thread of going through water to safety: the Noah story, the Exodus story, the John-the-baptist story, the Jesus story, the Paul story. We see that our story involves water.

I'm excited to hear your breakdown on what the four points mean in light of baptism!


Just stopped by via Ryan Guards blog...

I like the idea and do find it interesting what Matthew communicates. It does sound like a lot to bite off for a few weeks only 25 minutes at a time though... I am interested to hear more.


Hmm...interesting, never thought it about that way...

when I get done with this paper today I can hopefully sit down and sift through it.

And call ya' later this week so we can together the end of the month sometime...


Good thoughts, Steve. I agree with you that the Exodus imagery is intentional. You want to be careful, though that you don't jump too far into the story when you head towards the sermon on the mount. Instead, I think the promised land/arrival idea comes right after Jesus' temptation in the wilderness when Jesus begins to preach - "the kingdom of heaven has come near." Then, in speaking to those on whom "a light has dawned (4.16 - from Is. 9), he says - "you are the light of the world."

Also the 40 days/years parallel is interesting. Jesus' temptations are all paralleled in Exodus. Where Israel failed in the wilderness, Jesus remains faithful.

Looking forward to hearing where God leads you in this teaching.


I emailed my thoughts to you. I am the most ignorant and simple minded one in the bunch. I didn't want to embarrass myself on your blog. But I will say this. Add Emerson to your bio... you are now a dad and that is a hug gift!

Thanks for inviting me in on this learning journey!

steve carter

Great thoughts...

Feyer - love your thoughts on water.

Nick - thanks for stopping by, about the 25's a real concern.

Mike - happy birthday and look forward to hearing your thoughts...

Gary - what would you view the sermon on the mount as?

ellis - will do.

ryan guard

Funny that you would ask... I've been reading through Matthew using a Barclay daily study bible this week. He points out that even the genealogy in chapter 1 follows the pattern you're noticing.

The first section of 14 names takes you through to David, the second section of 14 goes from David through to the exile, and the third leads to Jesus.

robin ellingwood

Steve, really appreciate your interaction with the text and your invitation to weigh in.

I agree that Matthew was being very intentional in the way he presented his story to his Hebrew audience. I am utterly fascinated at how many connections there are. So many layers of stuff going on there...

N. T. Wright has written some brief commentary on some of these connections. Here’s how he sees the parallels between Jesus story and the Israelites journey from slavery to the promised land...

Matthew 2.15 (coming out of Egypt)
Matthew 3 (water/baptism)
Matthew 4:1-11 (wilderness)
Matthew 4:12-17 (promised land – arrival of God’s kingdom)

This is very similar to what you suggested. The only difference is that Wright includes the promised land and views it as happening when Jesus announced the arrival of God’s kingdom. Maybe this is what Gary was getting at?

He also sees the beatitudes as the new covenant, echoing the covenant God gave to the people of Israel when they arrived at the border of the promised land (Deut. 28). The rest of Jesus’ sermon on the mount is, as you said, to teach his followers how to live by this new rule, demonstrating the life of heaven and bringing God's kingdom crashing down to earth.

Love your ideas, bro, and can't wait to hear the teaching. Take care...

red sole

thanks for your article,like your blog very much,well done

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